MCVC at Tennessee Valley Brewing Co.

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Stephanie Belanger, Mark Yates, Collette Belanger

The Montgomery County Veterans Coalition recently hosted a casual event for its members, a sort of meet and greet at Tennessee Valley Brewing Co.

Sherry Pickering is MCVC's Executive Director. “We would call this a networking event for the coalition,” Pickering said. “In the future, we will advertise in advance, so those who want to be a part of the veterans group can attend and get to know others who are working with veterans in the community.”

Pickering says, this type of event gives MCVC members an opportunity to network, that they don't normally get at regular meetings.

“At our meetings, we are so focused on the business at hand, we don't really get the chance to network with each other, there is just never enough time,” Pickering said. “We want to have quarterly events, and each one will have a theme. This time, we gave out a list of retreats that veterans and their families can go on together.

“I think we had 25 people this time, a good crowd, but we were competing with graduations and Memorial Day weekend. As we go forward we will use these events to spotlight veteran-owned businesses, by allowing those business owners to be our hosts.”

More information can be found on Facebook at Montgomery County Veterans Coalition.